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Monday, July 9, 2007

Quilt blocks for neonatal quilts

In my tiny (online) quilt quild, we have a member whose son was stillborn at seven months about two and a half years ago. At the hospital they gave her her son, wrapped in a tiny quilt, to hold for a bit.

Last month we found out that since then, she's been making neonatal quilts for hospitals in her area. We decided to leap in and help her, and have put together a blog for organising it, Quilters Cauldron. We figure we're making stone soup from quilt blocks. :-)

Quilts for premature infants are much smaller than regular baby quilts, and, as you can imagine, no parent is ever prepared to have a premature birth. So if the hospitals have these smaller quilts on hand, they can give them to parents who need them.

We're asking folks to make quilt blocks which we will then piece into tops, and one of our members has a longarm machine to do the quilting. Blocks need to be completely cotton, and machine washable. (We also ask for no flannel.)

The blocks we're asking for are 8 inches finished (which means you send us blocks that are 8 and 1/2 inches square). Colors are any pastels: you can make blocks appropriate for a boy, a girl, or gender-neutral. We'll sort blocks as we get them and make them into quilts as they go together.

There's more information on the blog, or feel free to comment or email with questions.

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